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Published on October 22, 2008

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NSERC Discovery Grants Information Session : NSERC Discovery Grants Information Session Slide 2: USING NEW KNOWLEDGE Partnerships of universities with industry and other sectors for project research WORKING IN ALL AREAS OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY Scholarships and fellowships for undergraduate students, postgraduate students, postdoctoral fellows and some university faculty Prosperity and high quality of life for Canadians vision and mission NSERC NSERC Information SessionRyerson University September 11, 2007 : NSERC Information SessionRyerson University September 11, 2007 Agenda : Agenda NSERC Updates Program Updates 2007 Competition Results Preparing a Grant Application Important News From Your Grants Office NSERC Budget 2007-08(millions of dollars) : Total: $920 NSERC Budget 2007-08(millions of dollars) 1. Excludes $37M increase from the 2007 Federal Budget. Discovery Programs Budget 2007-08 : Total: $399 Discovery Programs Budget 2007-08 1. Includes Canadian Light Source funding from NRC ($3M) and Budget 2004 ($6M). Excludes $37M increase from the 2007 Federal Budget. . (millions of dollars) Proposed Allocation of $37M Increase(millions of dollars) : Proposed Allocation of $37M Increase(millions of dollars) Discovery Grants International Review : Discovery Grants International Review Value for Money and Accountability Review carried out in 2006 Concerns raised: Is a 75% success rate consistent with international standards of quality? Are best researchers supported at an internationally competitive level? NSERC is convening an International Review Committee Grant Selection Committee (GSC) Structure Review : Grant Selection Committee (GSC) Structure Review Current discipline-based GSC structure may have difficulties handling inter-disciplinary and new areas of research To handle increasing workload, GSCs are sub-dividing and thus becoming more specialized, exacerbating the problem Is there a better way? NSERC is reviewing the current system Further details, see web site or contact Andrew.Woodsworth@nserc.ca Regional Offices : Regional Offices Ensure a visible presence in the regions and bring NSERC closer to students, researchers, and industry Raise awareness of NSERC’s activities and promote participation in the programs Create linkages between academic and private sectors Promote science and math education The new Ontario and Quebec NSERC regional office location to be determined in 2007-08. Agenda : Agenda NSERC Updates Program Updates 2007 Competition results Preparing a Grant Application Important News From Your Grants Office Program Updates : Program Updates Discovery Accelerator Supplements University Faculty Awards Program (UFA) Discovery Accelerator Supplements : Discovery Accelerator Supplements Objectives: to provide substantial and timely resources to outstanding researchers with established research program, at a key point in their career $120,000, normally over three years Nominations made by GSCs in February then reviewed by interdisciplinary committees 100 supplements in 2008-09 with half in target areas (ICT, energy & natural resources, environmental science & technologies) University Faculty Awards (UFA) : University Faculty Awards (UFA) 2008 will be the final UFA competition Separate programs aimed at women and Aboriginals in the natural sciences and engineering NSE will be developed Agenda : Agenda NSERC Updates Program Updates 2007 Competition results Preparing a Grant Application Important news from your grants office 2007 Discovery Grants Results: All Disciplines : 2007 Discovery Grants Results: All Disciplines 2007 Discovery Grants Results: Life Sciences : 2007 Discovery Grants Results: Life Sciences 2007 Discovery Grants Results: Physical Sciences : 2007 Discovery Grants Results: Physical Sciences 2007 Discovery Grants Results: Math, Stats and CIS : 2007 Discovery Grants Results: Math, Stats and CIS 2007 Discovery Grants Results: Engineering : 2007 Discovery Grants Results: Engineering 2007 Research Tools and Instruments (RTI-1) : 2007 Research Tools and Instruments (RTI-1) 2007 RTI-1 Results:Life Sciences : 2007 RTI-1 Results:Life Sciences 2007 RTI-1 Results:Physical Sciences : 2007 RTI-1 Results:Physical Sciences 2007 RTI-1 Results:Math, Stats and CIS : 2007 RTI-1 Results:Math, Stats and CIS 2007 RTI-1 Results: Engineering : 2007 RTI-1 Results: Engineering 2007 Major Resources Support Program Results : 2007 Major Resources Support Program Results Slide 27: Special Research Opportunities Grant Results Agenda : Agenda NSERC Updates Program Updates 2007 Competition results Preparing a Grant Application Important News From Your Grants Office Are You Eligible? : Are You Eligible? Hold, or have a firm offer of, an academic appointment at a Canadian institution (minimum three-year term position) Position requires independent research and allows supervision of Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP) Are You Eligible? : Are You Eligible? Researchers holding a position of any kind outside Canada must spend a minimum of six months per year at an eligible Canadian institution. Inform NSERC when a change in your status occurs (including sabbatical and leave periods). Discovery Grants : Discovery Grants Promotes and maintains a diversified base of research capability in the NSE in Canadian institutions Supports ongoing programs of research, rather than projects Inherent flexibility in the research program Success rate: approximately 70% Average grant: $31k Eligibility of Subject Matter : Eligibility of Subject Matter Supports research programs in the NSE Interdisciplinary research is encouraged but should be predominantly in NSE Significance, impact, advancement of knowledge or its practical application in NSE Guidelines on health research can be found on NSERC’s Web site Notification of Intent to Apply for a Discovery Grant (Form 180) : Notification of Intent to Apply for a Discovery Grant (Form 180) For Discovery Grants (DG), and University Faculty Award applications Facilitates selection of external referees Deadline: August 1 Can have adverse consequences if not submitted List contributions (2001-07) Life Cycle of a DG Application : Life Cycle of a DG Application August 1 to mid-September Form 180 - Assignment of GSC and Referees November 1 Submission of Grant Application November 25 Chairs’ Meeting – Confirmation of GSC November Mail-out to External Referees Mid-December Mail-out to GSC Members February Grants Competition March – April Announcement of Results How your application is evaluated by the Grant Selection Committee : How your application is evaluated by the Grant Selection Committee I.M. Amember Department of University of GSC XX – Outline : Outline The Grant Selection Committee How is your application evaluated Discovery Grants Research Tools and Instruments Grants During Competition : During Competition Chair P.O. 1st Reviewer 2nd Reviewer 32,000$ 30,000$ 25,000$ 23,000$ 20,000$ 0 0 Conflict? Levels of Review : Levels of Review Generally, at least eight people will read your proposal: One primary reviewer One secondary reviewer Five readers One external reviewer (at least) Total number depends on your GSC The Discovery GrantEvaluation Criteria : The Discovery GrantEvaluation Criteria Excellence of the researcher(s) Merit of the proposal Training of highly qualified personnel (HQP) Need for funds Excellence of Researcher : Excellence of Researcher Knowledge, expertise and experience Contribution to research Importance of contributions Complementarity of expertise and synergy for group applications Merit of the Proposal : Merit of the Proposal Originality and innovation Significance and expected contribution to research Clarity and scope of objectives Clarity and appropriateness of methodology Feasibility of program Training of HQP : Training of HQP Quality and extent of past and potential contributions Appropriateness of proposed work for training Training in collaborative or interdisciplinary environment Reporting HQP : Reporting HQP Need for Funds : Need for Funds Appropriateness and justification of budget Other sources of funding Availability Relationship to current proposal Additional Considerations : Additional Considerations Within the framework of the selection criteria, the GSCs consider factors such as: The potential and research plans of new applicants Applicant’s role in collaborations and joint publications Guidelines for the preparation and review of applications in: Interdisciplinary research; Engineering and applied science; and, Health sciences Adjunct, Emeritus and Part-time Professor status Slide 46: Merit of the proposal FORM 101 YOUR GRANT PROPOSAL F100 YOUR RESEARCH PROFILE Excellence of the Researcher Training of HQP Need for funds Grant Proposal: Tips : Grant Proposal: Tips Write summary in plain language Provide a progress report on related research Position the research within the field Articulate short- and long-term objectives Provide a detailed methodology Grant Proposal: Tips : Grant Proposal: Tips Describe plans for training Prepare realistic budget Discuss any relationship to other research support Address recent GSC comments Personal Data Form: Tips : Personal Data Form: Tips List all sources of support Describe five most significant research contributions List other research contributions (2001-07) Describe contributions to training (2001-07) Give other evidence of impact of work Explain any delays in research activity A Complete Discovery Grant Application Includes: : A Complete Discovery Grant Application Includes: An Application for a Grant (Form 101) with supporting documentation A Personal Data Form (Form 100) for applicant and all co-applicants, with appropriate appendices Samples of research contributions (reprints, pre-prints, thesis chapters, manuscripts, etc.) Environmental Assessment, if required Research Tools and Instruments : Research Tools and Instruments Deadline date – October 25 Ongoing moratorium on Categories 2 and 3 $150,000 or less available from NSERC Must hold or have submitted an NSERC research grant (not necessarily a Discovery Grant) A Grant Selection Committee’s RTI competition budget is based on the total amount applied for Research Tools and Instruments Category 1 : Research Tools and Instruments Category 1 What research is being done with equipment? Justify each item Explain need and urgency of overall request Suitability of proposed equipment for research program Indicate impact on training Give alternate configurations and prices & Final Advice : Final Advice Use the 2007 Web version of the forms and Guide. Read all instructions carefully and follow presentation standards. Ensure completeness of application. Remember that more than one audience reads your application. Ask colleagues for comments on your application. Read other successful proposals. Read the Peer Review Manual. Contacts : Contacts Agenda : Agenda NSERC Updates Program Updates 2007 Competition results Preparing a Grant Application Important news from your grants office Introduction to NSERC’s Industrial Scholarships and Fellowships programs : Introduction to NSERC’s Industrial Scholarships and Fellowships programs NSERC Scholarships & Fellowships Division E-mail: schol@nserc.ca Fax: 613-996-2589 Why Industrial Scholarships and Fellowships? : Why Industrial Scholarships and Fellowships? Offers professors and organizations: Collaboration between academia and industry Challenging research problems Transfer of expertise and technology Development of a long-term research capacity Additional funding for R&D activities Access to highly qualified personnel (HQP) Flexible deadlines for applications Why Industrial Scholarships and Fellowships? : Why Industrial Scholarships and Fellowships? Offers students: Additional funding opportunities to support graduate / postdoctoral research Higher stipends than academic awards (depending on program) Opportunity to work in applied research Work experience in industry Acquisition of additional important competencies Collaboration with potential employer Programs Available : Programs Available Undergraduate Student Research Awards-Industry (USRA-I) Industrial Postgraduate Scholarships (IPS) NSERC / MITACS IPS IIS program (FQRNT; Quebec only) Industrial Postdoctoral Fellowships (IRDF) Program Objectives : Program Objectives I-USRA Stimulate interest in research, encourage to undertake graduate studies and pursue a research career IPS Improve employment prospects, develop interest for industrial R&D, and foster companies' innovation capacity IRDF Support the most promising researchers and secure a supply of HQP with leading-edge scientific and research skills Contacts : Contacts E-mail: schol@nserc.ca Fax: 613-996-2589

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